Chris Blaney [6(3)-0] is confident that he will be the best version of himself when he takes a major step up.
‘The Ginger Ninja’ boxes on the Red Corner ‘For Honour and Pride’ card and faces the toughest opponent of his career thus far.
Meath middleweight Blaney has been matched with recent BBBoC Southern Area champ Nicky Jenman [18(2)-9(5)-1] over six rounds at the National Stadium.
The Brighton southpaw is 9(2)-1(0) in his last ten fights, and looks to be an extremely tough assignment for Blaney who will be signing off on his first year as a pro.
The Ricky Hatton-prospect is expecting a hard fight on Saturday June 24th, and admitted that “this is a step up in class for me.”
“Jenman has boxed at title level a few times and been in with people like Tommy Langford so he’s definitely knows his way around the ring.”
“He’ll be coming to Ireland to try and break my unbeaten record and I can’t let that happen.”
Such is the level of his opponent, Blaney believes he has to come into the fight on his A game, and he promises that this will the case.
The Navan man described how “the work I’ve been doing with Ricky in the gym has me feeling fitter and stronger than ever and I know I’ll have my A game on the night.”
“I’m not the sort of boxer to say ‘I’m going to do this and that’ to an opponent, I just know I’ll be giving it everything in there and may the best man win. Of course, I believe that man will be me.”
Also on the card at the end of the month is Ray Moylette, Victor Rabei, Craig O’Brien, Thomas Finnegan, Allan Phelan, and Irish title fights between Luke Keeler and Darren Cruise at middleweight and Paddy McDonagh and Stevie Collins Jr at light heavyweight.
Tickets for the June 24th show cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved.
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